H&R Handy Gun

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by DonnaClark, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. DonnaClark

    DonnaClark New Member

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    My father recently passed away and we found an old gun in his safe. We'd like to get rid of it but we don't know it's value. It is made by Harrington & Richardson Arms Company, Worchester, MA. It has H&R Handy Gun 28 guage written on it. That's all the information we have.
  2. Alpo

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    Unfortunately, if you live in the United States, unless the gun is registered under the National Firearms Act of 1934 (and you have the registration paperwork) it is not only valueless, it is illegal to possess. It falls under the definition of a "smoothbore pistol" and to be legal would have to have a barrel at least 18 inches long, and be at least 26 inches in overall length. Possession of an unregistered NFA item is a federal felony punishable by 10 years in jail and a 250 thousand dollar fine.

    If it's unregistered, the only legal way to get rid of it is to turn it in to the ATF for destruction. If it's registered, it's a nice collector piece, worth some money.

    http://www.fourten.org.uk/mwhandygun.html
  3. DonnaClark

    DonnaClark New Member

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    Wow - that's scary. We will get rid of it asap. Thanks for the info.
  4. Jim K

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    There is an object lesson here. I don't want to accuse or frighten anyone, but some of us may have items that are not legal for one reason or another. And we all will die, no "maybe" about it, only when.

    So don't leave your widow or children or other heirs stuck with contraband. Legally, there is only one way to get rid of such things, and that is to do what Alpo advises.

    But if one were to lose the item in a deep lake, who would know or care? Even if the item would be valuable if registered, if it is not, it is contraband, just like a kilo of heroin or stolen jewels. If you don't want your people, in a time of grief, to be confronted with legal problems, get rid of the contraband while you still can.

    Jim
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    Is it the pistol grip model as shown?
  6. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

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    The only part of that piece that makes it "illegal" is the barrel. You can destroy the barrel and sell the receiver and the "furniture". There is a market for those parts. The receivers show up on the on-line auction sites from time to time and often sell up to $500+, depending upon condition.
  7. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    Without the barrel, the gun is not contraband. The barrel itself is not contraband, either.
    Just the combination is contraband.
    I caution the original poster to look for federal paperwork, with a tax stamp, where the gun was found.
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    Jim Hauff New Member

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    Bill's right about the barrel - HOWEVER - possessing both the 10" barrel and the receiver in the same place, at the same time - COULD be construed as "constuctive" intent - and in the unlikely event of discovery by Gov't officials, could cause problems for the possessor.
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